The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.
|2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 15, 2014|
|MVP||Mike Trout (LAA)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Rod Carew|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
The Chicago Cubs were the only other team that made a bid for hosting the 2014 All-Star Game. Typically the leagues alternate hosts every year, except for 2006, 2007, 2015, and 2016, which were hosted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, respectively. With 2014 being the American League's turn, Chicago made a bid hoping an exception would be made for the National League Cubs in order to honor the centennial of Wrigley Field (which last hosted an All-Star Game in 1990).
Balloting for the 2014 All-Star Game starters began online April 24 and ended on July 3. The top vote-getters at each position (including the designated hitter for the American League) and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 6.
After the rosters were finalized, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 34th and final player of each roster. The online balloting was conducted from July 6 through July 10.
|American League||National League|
|Dallas Keuchel||Astros||P||Casey McGehee||Marlins||3B|
|Corey Kluber||Indians||P||Justin Morneau||Rockies||1B|
|Rick Porcello||Tigers||P||Anthony Rendon||Nationals||2B|
|Garrett Richards||Angels||P||Anthony Rizzo||Cubs||1B|
|Chris Sale||White Sox||P||Justin Upton||Braves||OF|
|1||Andrew McCutchen||Pirates||CF||1||Derek Jeter||Yankees||SS|
|2||Yasiel Puig||Dodgers||RF||2||Mike Trout||Angels||LF|
|3||Troy Tulowitzki||Rockies||SS||3||Robinson Canó||Mariners||2B|
|4||Paul Goldschmidt||Diamondbacks||1B||4||Miguel Cabrera||Tigers||1B|
|5||Giancarlo Stanton||Marlins||DH||5||José Bautista||Blue Jays||RF|
|6||Aramis Ramírez||Brewers||3B||6||Nelson Cruz||Orioles||DH|
|7||Chase Utley||Phillies||2B||7||Adam Jones||Orioles||CF|
|8||Jonathan Lucroy||Brewers||C||8||Josh Donaldson||Athletics||3B|
|9||Carlos Gómez||Brewers||LF||9||Salvador Pérez||Royals||C|
|Adam Wainwright||Cardinals||P||Félix Hernández||Mariners||P|
The American League took a 3–0 lead in the first inning on a Derek Jeter double, a Mike Trout triple and a Miguel Cabrera home run. The NL scored two runs in the second with three consecutive hits by Aramis Ramírez, Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy against Jon Lester. Lucroy tied the game at three in the fourth with another RBI double. The American League took a 5–3 lead in the 5th on a Trout double and a José Altuve sacrifice fly. The lead held up and the AL won by the score of 5–3.
NL: Adam Wainwright
AL: Félix Hernández
WP: Max Scherzer (1–0) LP: Pat Neshek (0–1) Sv: Glen Perkins (1)
AL: Miguel Cabrera (1)
Umpires:Home Plate - Gary Cederstrom (crew chief); First Base - Jeff Nelson; Second Base - Bob Davidson; Third Base - Scott Barry; Left Field - Todd Tichenor; Right Field - Vic Carapazza
Weather: Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C), partly cloudy; Wind: 11 mph, in from left field
Time of Game: 3:13
The 2014 Baltimore Orioles season was the 114th season in franchise history, the 61st in Baltimore, and the 23rd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Birds would finish in first place in the American League East Division and return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, claiming their first division championship since 1997. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series and advanced to the AL Championship Series, where they were in turn swept by the Kansas City Royals.
New Oriole Nelson Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40; following Chris Davis' 2013 championship this was the first time in franchise history two Orioles (or Browns) had won back-to-back home run titles. As a team the Birds hit 211 home runs to lead baseball, their third consecutive 200-homer season (another franchise first).2014 Minnesota Twins season
The 2014 Minnesota Twins season was the 54th season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 114th overall in the American League. They were the host team for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. They finished last in the AL Central with a 70–92 record.2014 National League Wild Card Game
The 2014 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2014, starting at 8:07 p.m. EDT. After both teams finished the regular season with identical records of 88–74, the Pirates were awarded home field for the game, as they won the season series against the Giants, four games to two. Despite this advantage, the Giants won by a score of 8–0 and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the third NL Wild Card Game played, it is notable for the first postseason grand slam hit by a shortstop. The game was televised on ESPN, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.2014 New York Mets season
The 2014 New York Mets season was the franchise's 53rd season and their 6th season at Citi Field. The New York Mets finished 79–83, their most wins since the 2010 season. Also, the Mets finished tied for 2nd place in the National League East, their highest place in the standings since 2008.2014 Oakland Athletics season
The 2014 Oakland Athletics season was the 46th for the franchise at O.co Coliseum, as well as the 114th in club history. The Athletics entered the season hoping to win a third consecutive American League West championship; to that end, the team made a number of key signings and trades during the 2013-14 MLB offseason. Notably, Athletics traded outfielder Michael Choice for left fielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom; they also traded the promising but oft-injured Brett Anderson for reliever Drew Pomeranz. Additional trades brought in relievers Fernando Abad (acquired for John Wooten), Luke Gregerson (acquired for Seth Smith), and Jim Johnson (acquired for Jemile Weeks and David Freitas). In free agency, the Athletics signed former All-Star starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal. These moves, among others, sought to bolster the depth of team's starting pitching and bullpen.
Shortly before the season opener, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when starting pitchers Jarrod Parker and A. J. Griffin were ruled out for the season. The team responded by promoting reliever Jesse Chavez (and, eventually, Drew Pomeranz) to the starting rotation. Despite this setback, the team raced out to an impressive start; by the All-Star Break, the Athletics had compiled a league-best record of 59-36. Unexpectedly strong performances by starting pitchers Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Drew Pomeranz enabled much of this surge; the Athletics' red-hot hitters (particularly sluggers Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Céspedes, and Brandon Moss) also played a major role.
Despite their fantastic first-half performance, the Athletics remained locked in a tight battle for first place in the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, like the Athletics, had also raced out to an impressive start; at the All-Star Break, the Angels owned the league's second-best record (and, at 57-37, only trailed the Athletics by 1.5 games). In part because of this, the Athletics traded noted prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, along with starting pitcher Dan Straily, to the Chicago Cubs for two starters (ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran Jason Hammel) on July 4th.
The Athletics continued to play well throughout July. Still, they failed to gain significant ground on the Angels. On July 31, with a scant 2.5 game lead over Los Angeles, the Athletics stunned the league by trading Yoenis Céspedes for all-star starter Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. In the week immediately following the trade, things went well for the team; by August 9th, they had upped their lead over the Angels to four games. From that point forward, however, the As were met with disaster. An historic collapse, defined largely by ineffective hitting and a spate of narrow losses, saw Oakland tumble in the American League standings; all told, the team won just 16 of its final 46 games. The Athletics only managed to clinch an AL Wild-Card berth on the final day of the regular season. The team finished some ten games behind the Angels, who clinched the league's best record with an impressive 98-64 finish.
The Athletics met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. The Athletics held a 7-3 lead over the Royals through seven innings; a furious Royals rally, however, saw the Royals tie the game by scoring three runs in the eighth inning and one run in the ninth. In the 12th inning, the Athletics' took an 8-7 lead on an Alberto Callaspo line drive; the Royals, however, would again rally for a 9-8 walk-off victory (their first playoff win in 29 years). The Athletics did not reach the postseason again until the 2018 season.2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 128th season as a member of the National League, 133rd season overall, and 14th season at PNC Park. The regular season began with a win at home against the Chicago Cubs on March 31 and ended with a loss at Great American Ball Park against the Cincinnati Reds on September 28. The Pirates finished the regular season in second place for the second consecutive year in the National League Central Division with 88 wins and 74 losses.
The team clinched their second consecutive playoff berth with a victory on September 23. Also for the second consecutive season, however, the Pirates finished in second in their division behind the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The team secured one of two NL Wild Card spots, as well as home field advantage for the 2014 National League Wild Card Game. However, they lost the October 1 playoff game to the San Francisco Giants, thus eliminating them from the 2014 postseason.
Three members of the 2014 Pirates were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game. In addition, two Pirates players were named NL Player of the Month: Andrew McCutchen in June and Josh Harrison in August. During the 2014 season, the franchise season attendance record (2,435,867, set during PNC Park's inaugural 2001 season) was broken on September 21, the final home game of the season and 23rd sellout of the year (tying the franchise sellout record set in 2013). The new record stood at 2,442,564 until being broken in the 2015 season.2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.
On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.
On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.Alfredo Simón
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Kurtis Kiyoshi Suzuki (Japanese: 鈴木 清, Hepburn: Suzuki Kiyoshi, born October 4, 1983), is an American professional baseball catcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. Prior to playing professionally, Suzuki attended Cal State Fullerton and won the Johnny Bench Award and Brooks Wallace Award.Robinson Canó
Robinson José Canó Mercedes (Spanish pronunciation: [ka'no]; born October 22, 1982) is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005, played for them through the 2013 season, and was a member of their 2009 World Series winning team over the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2014 through 2018. He has represented the Dominican Republic in international play, including winning both the gold medal and Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament.
From San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, the Yankees signed Canó as an amateur free agent on January 5, 2001. He is an eight-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was the 2017 All-Star Game MVP and the 2011 Home Run Derby winner. Along with WBC teammates Octavio Dotel and Santiago Casilla, Canó became one of the first four players to have won both a World Series and World Baseball Classic. On December 6, 2013, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million USD deal with the Mariners.
In 2018, Canó was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s joint drug agreement for his use of furosemide.TCF Bank Stadium
TCF Bank Stadium is an outdoor stadium located on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Opened in 2009, it is the home field of the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference, and the temporary home of Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer. The stadium also served as the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2014 and 2015 seasons during the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. The 50,805-seat "horseshoe" style stadium cost $303.3 million to build and is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000.
It was the first new Big Ten football stadium constructed since Memorial Stadium at Indiana University opened in 1960. TCF Bank Stadium also boasts the largest home locker room in college or professional football and one of the largest video boards in the nation. Super Bowl winning coach and former quarterback for the Golden Gophers Tony Dungy called the stadium "unbelievable" and Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said that the on-campus facility "will give the University of Minnesota a chance to compete not only in the Big Ten but nationally for some of the best athletes".Target Field
Target Field is a baseball park in the historic warehouse (or North Loop) district of downtown Minneapolis. It is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the state's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It also has served as the occasional home of Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball, and other local and regional baseball events.
The ballpark officially opened with a capacity of 39,504 on April 12, 2010, and has since hosted the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.It is an open-air ballpark, and not considered "roof-ready" in any way. Though designed as a baseball venue, it can accommodate football, soccer, and outdoor concerts. Its extensive banquet and conference facilities are marketed for corporate and other non-Twins and non-baseball events.
In 2010, ESPN The Magazine ranked Target Field as the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America.Todd Tichenor
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Donald Zackary Greinke ( GRING-kee; born October 21, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Royals selected Greinke in 2002 MLB draft after he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award as a high school senior. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his MLB debut in 2004. His career was nearly derailed by his battles with depression and anxiety in 2005 and 2006, and he missed most of the 2006 season. He returned in 2007 as a relief pitcher before rejoining the starting rotation in 2008 and developing into one of the top pitchers in the game. In 2009, he appeared in the MLB All-Star Game, led the major leagues in earned run average, and won the American League Cy Young Award.